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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Let it Snow

We had our first decent snow fall of the year (enough for the base to go on road condition red). Last year we took Ava out to play in the snow one time and she hated it so much that we didn't try again. This year I wasn't sure what to expect, but she loved it!

We had approximately this much snow

Ava wandering and exploring the snow!

Ava's first snowman (well mini snowman)!

Making snow angels with Ava! This was her favorite part. She thought it was hilarious!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Ava and I have been very busy for the last few weeks. I realized that we don't have very many Thanksgiving decorations, so I decided that we would make some this year.

This is the centerpiece that we made. Two paper bag turkeys and a thankful tree (Ava even helped me think of things to be thankful for)!

We used some old socks to make mini sock turkeys. Please excuse the non-traditional fall colors, but it's what Ava wanted.

I tried to think of some crafts that would be really easy for Ava to do. These paper leaves were just the thing. We printed them online and she helped me color them. Then we hung them up in the windows.

Mimi and Grampa sent a few crafts too! Ava really worked hard on this turkey door hanger.

As a matter of fact, she worked so hard that she tired herself out and had to lie down to complete it!

She was very excited about this and asked to hang it on her bedroom door.

They also sent some turkey hand puppets. Ava loved being able to "sew" these all by herself (well mostly by herself).

We even did a craft with the two girls that I babysit. I think these turkey placemats turned out super cute (and really what Thanksgiving would be complete without hand print turkeys).

 Here's a peek at our yummy meal (and yes I do cheat as much as possible while preparing this meal). On the menu: Turkey, Mashed Potato, Greenbean Casserole, Stuffing, and Crescent Rolls (I had planned on making Apple Crisp but was to tired of being in the kitchen so we are saving that for this weekend)!

Earlier this morning, Ava helped me make one of our desserts, Rice Crispy Turkeys! I thought that she would really like helping me with this but honestly she was more interested in eating all the candies!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Kaiserslatern Christmas Market

We visited the Kaiserslatern Christmas Market today. This is the first market that we have gone to this holiday season. Almost every town hosts there own market where you can find tons of food, holiday trinkets, and occasional entertainment. This particular one is rather small compared to some of the ones we will hopefully be visiting in the next few weeks. It was super cold out today so we didn't stay long, but I wanted to share a few shots from the day.

Most of the decorations and booths are over the top. This food vendor is a great example. The top part even spun around like a carousel.

They had an area set up with rides for the kiddos. As you can see, this ride is a regular carnival ride that has been decorated for the season.

When your downtown, you can always find people who are trying to make a little extra money. This living statue is just one man that we happened to see today.

Did you know that even Santa is a fan of bratwurst?!